Datacolor Offers Pros Advanced Diagnostics That Optimize ISF Image Parameters And Delight Customers With Dynamic Color At CES

LAS VEGAS, NV–Consumer Electronics Show (CES) – January 5, 2006 – Datacolor, an internationally known name in color technology, introduces its latest upgrade and most exciting innovation in professional color calibration, ColorFacts Professional 6.0™, at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in the Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth 25754, South Hall No. 2 (Ground Level).

Appropriately, the South Hall of CES is dedicated to the latest in home theater and home networking. It provides an ideal venue for the latest version of this professional-level tool for optimizing television viewing for the run of the show, January 5-8, 2006. "ColorFacts Professional 6.0 has been developed with the professional high-end home cinema market in mind and is targeted at developers, calibrators and experts who install equipment for their customers", says Datacolor Technical Director of Home Theater Products Mark Hunter. "Test labs that measure characteristics and performance of video display systems also are interested in using ColorFacts Professional as a reference system."

Datacolor ColorFacts Professional 6.0 is an integrated hardware and software bundle designed to calibrate and correct color on plasma, LCD panels, projectors, and wide screen television's for video images. It ships with the latest Spyder2 colorimeter, provides open support for over a dozen other meters, and has direct integration with popular signal generators. One of the most innovative additions to this product is an all-new way of performing display device calibrations. An integrated software module called ColorFacts C3 delivers feature-rich remote access far beyond raw control of the display as well as direct integration with the ColorFacts application itself, offering calibration functions that operate on the device itself, improving the image from its factory defaults. This powerful new onscreen program is designed for safety as well as it prevents end-users from accessing areas of the display intended for professionals only. The ColorFacts C3 method for optimizing image parameters is recognized by the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF).

Leading display manufacturers, such as Pioneer with its Elite hi-def display series, are already offering direct interface with ColorFacts Professional 6.0. In the case of Pioneer, the company is looking to the Datacolor tool as a way of allowing customers to customize its panel settings.

Where ColorFacts really distinguishes itself- and leverages the power of a general computer- is in the world of wizards that walk you through the process of calibrating and optimizing displays. A few mouse clicks sets ColorFacts to work measuring information for brightness uniformity, gray scale, contrast or primary and secondary colors. There is also a set up wizard for taking a " dark reading" to properly set up a meter and isolate any residual electric charges. Another wizard generates reports. There is even a built-in customer database for professionals to track work. Other innovations include: calibration wizards for high-quality video wall projections, control and monitoring centers for calibrating digital displays based on DLP and LCoS technology, Internet integration, new color spaces, and much more. "We work closely with our customers in the video calibration market, in order to find out what matters to them when it comes to our products – for example the demand for analytical tools in the growing DLP and LCoS display market," Hunter explains. "As a result, ColorFacts technology has become an ideal method to ensure professional-level image quality for consumers who expect superior image reproduction. With large-screen display products increasingly being installed both for business and home theater use, more display owners are looking to get the most out of their investments, and calibration allows them to enjoy the full performance of the equipment. Calibration is also an important business opportunity for knowledgeable AV contractors, as well as custom design/installation specialists and video calibration professionals," he concludes.

By visiting Booth No. 25754, home theater installers, technicians, and service providers can have the opportunity to see for themselves the latest color calibration designed for them, including such advanced functionality as:

  • Target-oriented, menu-driven color measurement programs
  • Intuitive, fully customizable user interface • Internally or externally generated test images
  • ColorFacts C3 Remote automated and semi-automated calibration for supported displays
  • Wizard for synchronizing different measuring instruments
  • Automatic display of all important screen parameters without user intervention
  • Wizard for display calibration
  • Measurement and display of gamma values
  • Target-specific image correction using the "bull's eye" principle
  • Measurement and display of feasible color spaces
  • Free choice of reference color system: (NTSC, ATSC/HDTV, PAL/SECAM, user-defined)
  • Definable calibration targets (A, B, C, D50, D55, D65, D75, E, 9300 K, user-defined color temperature or coordinates)
  • Import and export of various formats (*.csv, *.bmp, *.jpg, *.pdf)
  • Integrated address book
  • Calibration of video walls and multi-display systems (see more...)
  • Full reporting (see more...)
  • Direct integration of test DVDs (Avia, Video Essentials, PF Test Disc)
  • Direct integration of signal generators

As updated software is released, registered owners with a valid serial number can download–without charge– upgrades from www.datacolor.com.

About Datacolor
Because color matters, leading businesses, creative professionals, and consumers worldwide choose Datacolor's innovative technology solutions to consistently achieve the right color. A Swiss-held company, Datacolor's strong worldwide presence encompasses global manufacturing and operational facilities with an international strategic network of sales and support offices. For more information about Datacolor please visit www.datacolor.com